Alabama has built up a “William Wallace” type reputation over the several years under Nick Saban, and there’s no question as to why. While the Crimson Tide haven’t actually consumed opponents with fireballs from their eyes, they are 53-3 during the playoff era.
But that record isn’t going to intimidate anyone from Georgia, including sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm, who said during the SEC teleconference Monday afternoon that the Bulldogs will need to take advantage of “things in the passing game” against Alabama in the SEC Championship.
When asked to clarify what perhaps he meant by “things”, Fromm expressed his confidence in his wide receivers being able to get open when Alabama plays single coverage on the outside.
“I feel very comfortable with our guys anytime they are manned up on anybody,” the sophomore quarterback said. “From all the work we do throughout the summer, throughout fall camp, throughout the season, our guys are making plays. Right now, they’re doing an awesome job creating separate against man coverage.”
Since playing the worst game of his career on Oct. 13 at LSU, Fromm has rebounded in a huge way. Immediately following that game, he averaged 10.0 yards per attempt and threw 3 touchdowns against Florida. Two weeks later, he averaged north of 9.5 yards per pass and again tossed multiple scores.
Last week, the Georgia passing game was firing on all cylinders. Fromm went 13 of 16 with 175 yards and four touchdowns.
Since the LSU debacle, Fromm is averaging 9.7 yards per pass. More incredibly, he’s thrown 11 touchdowns versus just one interception.
His biggest test of the season, though, comes this weekend. Alabama comes into this Saturday ranked 10th in the nation in pass defense. They allow just 168.2 yards through the air per contest and only 5.7 yards per pass attempt, which is tied for the seventh-lowest in the country.
While Fromm is confident in his receivers, even he would acknowledge Georgia won’t have an abundant amount of chances to hit big plays outside.
“You definitely have to take advantage of the opportunities you get,”Fromm said. “We got to be able to run the football effectively, and then when we take our shot plays — we line up with the coverage we want — we have to be able to execute.
“I definitely think we got to get out in space, make them make tackles. And really execute. Their defense is kind of set up — they’re physical, they’re downhill, they want to stop the run. So we have to take advantage of things in the passing game and run the ball effectively.”
Georgia opened as a 10.5-point underdog against Alabama in the SEC Championship, but that line moved to 13.5 points Monday morning. The SEC Championship will kick off at 4 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday.